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Mangala Gowri Temple @ Gaya (Bihar)


Mangala Gowri Temple @ Gaya (Bihar)

Mangala Gowri Temple:

Mangala Gowri temple is one of the Shakti Peeth (Ashtadasa Shakti Peeth) in India. Temple is not a grand or big temple in size but very powerful as per belief. It is believed that if anyone visits the temple on Tuesday, his/her wishes will get full filled. Ladies wishing to have a baby visit the temple in large numbers.

As in every Shakti Peetha's either body part or Ornaments of maa Sati is being worshiped, here in Mangala Gowri temple maa Gouri's "Stana" (Breast) is being worshiped. It is situated at the top of the hill called Mangala hill.  

This temple has been described In different Puranas like Padma Purana, Vayu Purana, Agni Puran, and also in many spirituals books.  Construction of the present temple was done in 1450 (around 550 years back).   

There is just one door which is being used for entry and exit. Garva griha (Inside) area is very small and the number of people enters more which causes suffocation inside the temple.  

Temple visiting Timing:  06 AM to 08.00 PM  - Everyday. 

Best time to visit: All time. During the summer it's very hot.

Entry Fees:  There is no entry fee for general darshan but you have to pay charges for different rituals. There is no fixed charges but you have to talk with Purohit and fix the rate.

Temple Address:
Mangla Gauri Mandir Rd, Gaya, Bihar 823001

Special occasion:
During Navaratra (Dashara) a huge number of devotees visit every day.  Navaratra is celebrated there in a huge way.  Also every Tuesday there will be a huge crowd of devotees. 

Places to visit in and around Gaya:
  • Mahabodhi Temple
  • Giant Buddha
  • Dungeshwari
  • Royal Bhutan Monastery
  • Muchalinda Lake
  • Metta Buddharam temple
  • Vishnupad temple
  • Rajgir
Parking Places: As the temple is situated at Hilltop, very limited parking is available on the way to the temple. One can park their car at bottom of the mountain and climb the steps to reach the temple. Local authorities collect a minimal fee for parking. I suggest using a local auto or taxi to reach the temple.

How to reach  Bodh Gaya: 

Indian Rail: The nearest railway station is Gaya Jn which is 4 km from the temple. This railway station is on the route between Kolkatta to Delhi and lots of trains are available from different Indian cities. Regular autos and taxis are available at a railway station.
Buses: The nearest bus station is in Gaya which is 6 km from the temple. Regular buses are available from different cities like Patna, Ranchi, Varanashi, Kolkatta, etc. One can also choose a tour package from Patna, Ranchi, Varanashi, and other different cities
Airport: The nearest airport is Gaya International airport which is 10 km from the temple. The airport is well connected with different cities in India. 
Private Taxis: Availability of private taxis, Autos are very good. 

Distance from Major Cities
  • Patna:  109 km     
  • Ranchi: 216 km
  • Varanashi: 247 km
  • Rajgir: 72 km 
  • Kolkatta: 471 km
  • Bodh Gaya: 15 km

There are lots of hotels and lodges available around the temple for different price ranges. One can stay in Bodh Gaya as well.  

Food & Restaurant:
As this is a very famous tourist place in Bihar, lots of Indian and continental restaurants are available around the temple. Both South Indian, North Indian, and continental foods are available. 

Few Photos:

Mangala Gowri Temple @ Gaya (Bihar)

Mangala Gowri Temple @ Gaya (Bihar)

Visit Date: 01 May 2018